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Mar 242015

Saucy Spinach Patties

First of all let me tell you that we are getting eggs from one of our new chickens already and can’t wait for the other two to start. We don’t think they’re too happy about being cooped, as they were free range when we got them. We will let ours loose after they get used to the territory a little. Mr. Tom is still having a fit and wants to get to them but when we open the door to let him in, he’s off in another direction; no more jail time for him! Kinda reminds me of that commercial with the chicken who hits the road to see the world and just sends home pictures of where he’s been, just too cute for words!

BEWARE! This is very tasty!!!

BEWARE! This is very tasty!!!

This recipe hails from one of my older classic cook books with a few of our favorite additions. Wasn’t too sure how Kenny would like it, however it did have ground beef and I added BACON and some Irish cheddar cheese! Now, I do have to admit, I had a little trouble with the patties staying together when I fried them and the next time I make them, I will coat the outsides with some dry bread crumbs to help them fry better and give them a little crispness. I probably didn’t dry the cooked spinach enough which would have contributed greatly to my frying dilemma. The flavor although was superb and husband said I could make them any old time. The original recipe also called for frozen spinach but I had fresh spinach, our preference to frozen!

We went from this.....

We went from this…..

To this....Very messy! Any idea of what went wrong?

To this….Very messy! Any idea of what went wrong?


Saucy Spinach Patties
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (16 oz) tomatoes, chopped up with their liquid
  • 1 can (8 oz) tomato sauce
  • 1 large or 2 small cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 teas sugar
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • ¼ teas dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 box (10 oz) frozen chopped spinach or 1 bag (10 oz) fresh, what I used
  • 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled (saving 3 tbsp of the drippings for frying)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Dry bread crumbs
  1. SAUCE:
  2. In a skillet, cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned and onion is transparent in color.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients for the meat sauce, cover and cook for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. While sauce is cooking, cook spinach according to package directions or steam fresh spinach until limp. If using the fresh, chop after cooking. Drain spinach well to remove as much liquid as possible.
  5. Mix spinach with the crumbled bacon and remaining ingredients and mix well.
  6. Shape mixture into 6 patties and coat, if you wish, on both sides with dry bread crumbs which I will do next go around!
  7. When sauce is almost done, fry patties in the reserved bacon fat on both sides until nicely browned.
  8. Serve with sauce over top.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did………… Gotta go check our chickens!

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Nov 152014

Cheesy Spinach Pie With Hash Brown & Bacon Crust

Not long ago in our local paper, this dish appeared and it sounded so good, if I were to throw in a few additions of my own. We were going to have a ham steak and what better side dish could you have other than some homemade corn muffins? I have to argue with husband a little as he prefers canned spinach, like Popeye, and my preferences lean toward frozen which is better for you. Of course I did have to add, not necessarily good for you, we had to add some bacon to the mix because as you know, we love our BACON!

Waiting for the oven..

Waiting for the oven..

The original recipe called for cheesy hash brown potatoes, but I decided to add my own cheese atop the crust and onions and bacon were not added to theirs either. I mean how could they leave those two wonderful ingredients out of the mix, well not this old gal, I say bring it on!

spinach pie 002

Does that look good or what!


5.0 from 1 reviews
Cheesy Spinach Pie With Hash Brown & Bacon Crust
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • ½ to ¾ cup of chopped onion
  • 5 oz refrigerated hash browns or homemade fresh, divided
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese or whatever cheese you prefer
  • ¾ cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 12 oz pkg frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  1. In a heavy skillet, cook the bacon until crisp; set on paper towels to drain.
  2. Drain skillet of all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon grease and saute onions until transparent in color; drain.
  3. Spray a 9-inch pie pan with cooking spray and using about 4 ounces of the hash browns, press over the bottom and up the sides of dish.
  4. Sprinkle bacon that has been broken up over the bottom and top with the cheddar cheese.
  5. Mix together the potato flakes with the milk, eggs, sauteed onions, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese in a bowl; mix in the spinach.
  6. Spread evenly into the prepared hash browns.
  7. Sprinkle top with remaining hash browns.
  8. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 30-35 minutes or until potatoes are well browned and center is set.
  9. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.


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